A first-of-its-kind test shall be conducted by Indian Army at 14,000 feet above the sea level, in Arunachal, as a war strategy against China, according to a recent report. The site for the test is situated at 100 km from the forward areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which is to test the capabilities of the newly considered Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs). The test will be carried out in phases in the upper reaches of Arunachal Pradesh near Tawang over the next three weeks.
The initial induction for the exercise has already been done and it is underway in short phases and the final phase will be concluded by October 25, according to a report by India Today. With the limitation of the area where the exercise is being held, it can only be carried out in phases. The report further quoted the initial plan was to conduct the exercise in the lower reaches of Arunachal Pradesh. But the Army wanted to test capabilities of IBGs in areas where battles may be fought. These places are above 15,000 ft where the forward battalions and posts exist to defend any aggression from China.
The Army had earlier carried out a similar exercise in the Western Command to test its strength against Pakistan, but a similar war game in high altitude regions against China has not been carried out yet.